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Industrial Dispute Goes On

by Ellen Hardy
22 February 2008, at 12:00am

CHILE - South American salmon farm, Aguas Claras is facing a tenth day of industrial action by employees.

According to Mercopress, the company, part of the group AquaCHile, is refusing to negotiate with the current union leadership, due to alleged damage caused to property at the farms by strikers.

Workers there are struggling for better working conditions and higher pay.

Overall, 2007 has proved a difficult year for Chile’s once booming salmon industry. Between 2002 and 2006, the industry’s export earnings soared from 973 million US dollars to more than 2 billion, with annual growth rates of up to 28 per cent. Last year, in contrast, the industry grew by less than one .

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Ellen Hardy